Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Knowing where you came from

Whitehead Member Mary Gehring  studies how gene expression is regulated by the addition and removal of DNA methylation from the genome. In this image of an Arabidopsis thaliana flower, the veins of the sepals, filaments of the anthers, and base of the stigma are highlighted by a marked enzyme that is essential to this type of gene regulation. 

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Podcast

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November 20, 2017

AudioHelicase: Whitehead’s Sebastian Lourido on Toxoplasma, malaria parasites, and global health.

Whitehead Member Sebastian Lourido studies a group of parasites called the Apicomplexa. These single-celled organisms are among the most common pathogens and are capable of causing devastating diseases in humans and animals, including toxoplasmosis, malaria, and infant diarrhea.


events

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Whitehead Connects presents Jim Simons on November 30

Dr. James H. Simons's presentation, "Mathematics, Common Sense, and Good Luck", will be followed by a networking session. Simons is the chairman of the Simons Foundation, an organization dedicated to advancing the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences.

In the News

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December 7, 2017

New study prompts rethinking transcription factor’s role in control of gene expression

Like proteins, genomes must fold appropriately to function properly; some transcription factors provide the structural support

 


 

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SURPRISING ROLES FOR MUSCLE IN TISSUE REGENERATION, STUDY FINDS

NOVEMBER 22, 2017

Whitehead Member Peter Reddien pinpoints distinct muscle subsets that orchestrate and pattern regrowth

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Featured

TENURE TRACK FACULTY POSITIONS AT WHITEHEAD Institute/MIT

Whitehead Institute and the Department of Biology at MIT are seeking outstanding scientists for two tenure track faculty positions at the Assistant Professor level.

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LARGE-SCALE APPROACH REVEALS IMPERFECT ACTOR IN PLANT BIOTECHNOLOGY

NOVEMBER 27, 2017

Whitehead researchers detect the chemical ‘mistakes’ of common herbicide-resistance enzyme, successfully re-engineer it for enhanced precision


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Fall 2017 Issue of Paradigm

Paradigm magazine reports on Whitehead Institute research, trends in the life sciences, and happenings in the Whitehead community

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